“I went up to the cemetery at Punchbowl and walked alone among the graves of the good men with whom I had served. I wanted to assure them that I would not let them down, never dishonor the cause and the country for which they had given so much. I wanted to promise them that I was not going to Washington to represent the 442, or the nisei, or any other separate group. I was going to represent all the people of Hawaii and I asked God's help in this, the greatest undertaking of my life."
—1963, reflecting on winning the 1959 election as U.S. congressman for the new state of Hawaii.
“Rights guaranteed by the Constitution were sacrificed under the cloak of national security. This has been a common occurrence in the United States, and I think the time has come when we should put a stop to this. In the name of national security it has been fashionable to deny other Americans their constitutional rights."
—April 11, 1988, on reparations for the illegal internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II.
“Our country has lost a true American hero. … The second-longest-serving senator in the history of the chamber, Danny represented the people of Hawaii in Congress from the moment they joined the Union. In Washington he worked to strengthen our military, forge bipartisan consensus and hold those of us in government accountable to the people we were elected to serve. But it was his incredible bravery during World War II — including one heroic effort that cost him his arm but earned him the Medal of Honor — that made Danny not just a colleague and a mentor, but someone revered by all of us lucky enough to know him."
—President Barack Obama
“We have lost a great hero and dedicated US SENATOR that represented the state of HAWAII for all these years! You have accomplished monumental tasks and created a better place for all to live in Hawaii and we cherish all the fond memories of your unselfish dedication and inspiration to everyone. With Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to the Inouye Family — Aloha and Mahalo!"
—Wesley Nakahara via Facebook
1899: Burdened with family debt, Asakichi Inouye and his wife, Moyo, agree to migrate from a village in Yokohama, Japan, to Hawaii as contract laborers and send money home to his parents. The Inouyes live at McBryde plantation in Wahiawa, Kauai, with their son Hyotaro. Hyotaro, who supported himself to receive a high school degree at age 25, worked as a file clerk for Theo H. Davies & Co. Ltd.
— THROUGH —
Dec. 17, 2012: Inouye dies at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (12:01 p.m. Hawaii time) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, with wife Irene, son Ken and wife Jessica, and granddaughter Maggie, at his side. His last word is "aloha."